Lemon Pepper Basil Chicken and Pasta

Lemon Pepper Basil Chicken and Pasta – EASY and ready in 15 minutes with comforting pasta, juicy chicken, and there is so much ZESTY flavor from the lemon, basil, and spinach!! A family favorite that’s perfect for busy weeknights!! 

Lemon Pepper Basil Chicken and Pasta - EASY and ready in 15 minutes with comforting pasta, juicy chicken, and there is so much ZESTY flavor from the lemon, basil, and spinach!! A family favorite that's perfect for busy weeknights!! 

How To Make Lemon Pepper Basil Chicken and Pasta

This recipe is as simple as boiling pasta and while it cooks, to a separate skillet add bite-sized pieces of chicken breast and season it with lemon pepper, garlic, and lemon juice before adding fresh baby spinach.

Combine the cooked pasta, chicken, spinach, add fresh fragrant basil, and get ready to serve.

So fast, easy, ready in minutes, and full of robust lemon flavor which complements the basil perfectly.

Lemon Pepper Basil Chicken and Pasta - EASY and ready in 15 minutes with comforting pasta, juicy chicken, and there is so much ZESTY flavor from the lemon, basil, and spinach!! A family favorite that's perfect for busy weeknights!! 

Optional Serving Ideas

If you are a true lemon fanatic like my daughter, add a bit of lemon zest at the end. In addition to the lemon pepper and lemon juice, this really takes the lemon flavor over the top, but I recommend this only if you’re really into lemony things.

If you want to take this into a cheesy realm, add freshly grated Parmesan cheese at the end. I didn’t but I know it would take this lighter comfort food recipe squarely into pure comfort food territory. Do as your waistline prefers.

This is a guaranteed family favorite that’s perfect for busy weeknights. Who can say no to al dente pasta, juicy chicken, and all that lemon peppery and basil goodness.

Lemon Pepper Basil Chicken and Pasta - EASY and ready in 15 minutes with comforting pasta, juicy chicken, and there is so much ZESTY flavor from the lemon, basil, and spinach!! A family favorite that's perfect for busy weeknights!! 

Lemon Pepper Basil Chicken and Pasta - EASY and ready in 15 minutes with comforting pasta, juicy chicken, and there is so much ZESTY flavor from the lemon, basil, and spinach!! A family favorite that's perfect for busy weeknights!! 

Lemon Pepper Basil Chicken and Pasta

Lemon Pepper Basil Chicken and Pasta

Lemon Pepper Basil Chicken and Pasta - EASY and ready in 15 minutes with comforting pasta, juicy chicken, and there is so much ZESTY flavor from the lemon, basil, and spinach!! A family favorite that's perfect for busy weeknights!! 

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound rotini, cooked according to package directions (small shells, wheels, bowtie, penne, or small-shaped pasta may be substituted)
  • 1.25 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons lemon pepper, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 3 to 4 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 6 ounces fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, minced, or to taste

Instructions

  1. To a large pot, boil the pasta according to package directions; drain and return to the large pot.
  2. While pasta cooks, to a separate large skillet, add the chicken, drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil, evenly season with lemon pepper, salt, and cook for about 5 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through. Stir and flip intermittently to ensure even cooking.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for one minute, or until fragrant. Stir nearly constantly.
  4. Add the lemon juice, half the spinach, stir to combine, and cover skillet with a lid for about 2 minutes to encourage spinach to wilt.
  5. Add the remaining half of the spinach, and stir to combine until wilted.
  6. Add the chicken, spinach, and all cooking juices to the pot with the cooked pasta, and stir to combine.
  7. Add the basil, remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, and stir to combine. Serve immediately. Recipe will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Notes

1. Optionally stir in about 1 to 2 teaspoons lemon zest for extra lemon flavor at the end.

2. Optionally add about 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese at the end.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 368 Total Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 80mg Sodium: 748mg Carbohydrates: 26g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 1g Protein: 35g

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5 comments on “Lemon Pepper Basil Chicken and Pasta”

  1. This looks amazing! Such a great weeknight meal option during back to school season!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  2. I love lemon and you had me at 15 minutes! I am going to be so sad when summer is over and I can’t use my fresh basil out of my garden. I need to put this in my end of summer dinner hit list.

    • This is exactly why I posted this recipe today – because it’s an end of summer type “one last chance” recipe. I know, I will miss the abundance of basil this time of year too!

  3. Hello Averie, This looks just so delicious not to try. Last time I tried making it using another recipe, I think I messed up with the amount of lemon. Definitely trying this week and will let you know.

    Rating: 5

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